Thursday, June 23, 2011

5 Cars You Won't See in America

#1: Lada Niva

A Russian cheap jeep. With only minor aesthetic differences since its debut in 1977, this old Soviet design has remained relatively unchanged. This go anywhere 4-cylinder has a lot of fans around the world (including Canada and South America) but, it has never been sold in the U.S.


#2: The Pyeonghwa Hwiparam

North Korea builds cars!?!

North Korean auto advertising for a population
that can't afford any cars.

The rogue communist state builds a few thousand automobiles a year. The models are knock-offs of old European and Chinese designs. The only country that they export to is Vietnam. So if you live in Hanoi you may find yourself the unlucky owner of one of these autos.

In a past life this North Korean car
was a Fiat

#3 Tata Nano

Tata Motors is India's largest car company and the owners of Jaguar and Land Rover. The Tata Nano, a microcar, is the least expensive production car in the world. They would like to import them to the United States soon, however. The question is will Americans use them as vehicles or as speed bumps for SUV's?

#4: Ford Falcon

Yes, that's right: The Ford Falcon This iconic American nameplate belongs to a car model you will probably never see stateside. That's because it's Australian. When Ford exported the Falcon to Australia things took off. With some minor modifications for the harsher environment, Falcons became the most popular automobile Down Under. And the Falcon name lives on!

#5: Skoda Roomster

The little Czech company that survived communism to become part of the Volkswagen group, still builds its own models today. The Roomster is one of them. It's a multi-purpose vehicle and, despite some bizarre styling due to the large passenger side windows, has become very successful. Released in 2006 and, aside from the fact that Skoda sells cars in almost every market, don't expect to see a Roomster on American roads anytime soon.


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Kelly Ryan said...

This is a good read, there are lots of reasons why we won't see any of these cars in America. However the Tato Nano looks cute to me. You should have included the features and auto parts. of the "ugly cars."

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